Dentistry responding to domestic violence and abuse: a dental, practice-based intervention and a feasibility study for a cluster randomised trial

Paul Coulthard, Gene Feder, Maggie A. Evans, Medina Johnson, Tanya Walsh, Peter G. Robinson, Christopher J. Armitage, Estela Capeas Barbosa, Martin Tickle, Omolade Femi-Ajao

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Abstract

Objectives: Assess the feasibility of using the Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) intervention in a general dental practice setting and evaluating it using a cluster randomised trial design. IRIS is currently used in general medical practices to aid recognition and support referral into specialist support of adults presenting with injuries and other presenting factors that might have resulted from domestic violence and abuse. Also, to explore the feasibility of a cluster randomised trial design to evaluate the adapted IRIS. Feasibility study for a cluster randomised trial of a practice-based intervention. Greater Manchester general dental practices. Results: It was feasible to adapt the IRIS intervention used in general medical practices to general dental practices in terms of training the clinical team and establishing a direct referral pathway to a designated advocate educator. General dental practices were keen to adopt the intervention, discuss with patients when presented with the opportunity and utilise the referral pathway. However, we could not use practice IT software prompts and data collection as for general practitioners because there is no unified dental IT system and because coding in dentistry for diagnoses, procedures and outcomes is not developed in the UK. Conclusion: While it was feasible to adapt elements of the IRIS intervention to general dental practice and there was general acceptability, we did not have enough empirical data to plan a definitive cluster randomised trial design to evaluate the IRIS-dentistry intervention within general dental practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Dental Journal
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Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2022

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